New PDF release: Abbreviations (Collins Word Power)

By Graham King

ISBN-10: 0007400950

ISBN-13: 9780007400959

The whole advisor to abbreviations and acronyms.

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  • the simplest and worst of acronyms, from Mencap to CREEP
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    The Guinness Book of Records lists a Russian acronym with 54 Cyrillic characters, which itself seems to call for a further abbreviation! AEA Atomic Energy Authority (GB); Actors’ Equity Association (US) AEC Atomic Energy Commission (US) AEROFLOT Soviet Air Lines AEU Amalgamated Engineering Union AEWHA All England Women’s Hockey Association AEWLA All England Women’s Lacrosse Association af, a/f as found. Refers to the condition (usually poor) of an item in an auction catalogue AFA Amateur Fencing Association; Amateur Football Association; automatic fire alarm AFAM Ancient Free and Accepted Masons AFASIC Association For All Speech Impaired Children.

    Safire ran through a range of acronymous possibilities – CTRTP, Comrep, Cre-Pres and so on, and gave the name a clean bill of health. Unfortunately, he missed one; the Committee later became famous (or infamous) as CREEP. At about the same time an equally inapt acronym popped up for the internationally supported Law of the Sea Treaty, forever after to be known as LOST. CRO Criminal Records Office CRS Chinese restaurant syndrome (allegedly due to over-use of the flavour enhancer monosodium glutamate) CSA Child Support Agency CSC Civil Service Commission CSE Certificate of Secondary Education CSgas ortho-chlorobenzal malononitrile; named after the originators, Ben Carson and Roger Staughton CSI Chartered Surveyors’ Institution CSIRO Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation CSM Company Sergeant-Major CSO Central Statistical Office CSR Colonial Sugar Refining Company (Aust) CST Central Standard Time Ct Carat (unit of weight for precious stones, pearls, gold alloys etc) See also Kt (karat) in the US CTC carbon tetrachloride (fire retardant) CTN confectioner, tobacconist and newsagent’s shop CTO cancelled to order (philately) CTR control traffic zone (airports) Ctrl the modifier key on a computer CTT capital transfer tax CTV Canadian Television Network cu cm cubic centimetre (also cu m = cubic metre; cu in = cubic inch; cu ft = cubic foot; cu yd = cubic yard) CUNY City University of New York CUP Cambridge University Press CURE Care, Understanding, Research organisation for the welfarE of drug addicts CV, cv curriculum vitae: a summary of a person’s career and attainments CW common wisdom CWA Civil Works Administration (US); Country Women’s Association (Australia) CWL Catholic Women’s League cwo cash with order cwt hundredweight (112 lbs) cyl cylinder Cz Czechoslovakia D They’re all Damn Madd!

    Cabal, posh and pom are examples (see listing under CABAL, POSH and POMS). That TANZANIA is a blend of the former African countries Tanganyika and Zanzibar is true, but the notion that PAKISTAN is an acronym of the Indian provinces it united is pure whimsy. The Punjab, the Afghan border region, Kashmir, Sind and BaluchisTAN certainly do form a coincidental acronym, Pakistan, but it doesn’t really wash; Kashmir was never included in the country that was founded in 1947. To Muslims, Pakistan means ‘holy land’.

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